A rare Durham Whiskey fifth bottle made between 1876 and 1882—one of maybe only six known—sold for $13,440 to take top lot honors at an Internet and catalog auction facilitated by American Bottle Auctions that and concluded July 20.
The rare antique whiskey bottle with embossed steer was the top lot hammering in $13,440 – more valuable than the liquid the bottle once carried (though whoever bought the bottle originally may disagree). Even the bottle’s golden hue exudes that desirable sepia-toned hue of the desirable antiques of the late 1800’s Wild West. The category is on fire right now catapulting the sale of western whiskey bottles and historical flasks. Perhaps this could be due, in part, to the surge in men’s collecting with the term “mantiques” quickly gaining recognition as a new trend.